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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Minnesota

Lawyer Legion Top Picks for 2024

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys, DWI defense attorneys, and other lawyers in Minnesota, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certification.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Minnesota. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Jennifer Rose Congdon
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Saint Paul, MN
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Ryan Patrick Garry
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Minneapolis, MN
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Christopher Wesley Keyser
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Minneapolis, MN
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Frederic K Bruno
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Minneapolis, MN
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Bruce Norman Ringstrom Jr
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Moorhead, MN
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Patrick Lennae Cotter
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
South St. Paul, MN
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Joseph Patrick Tamburino
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Minneapolis, MN
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Charles Alan Ramsay
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Roseville, MN
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Samuel Edmunds
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Eagan, MN
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Thomas K. Hagen
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mankato, MN
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Thomas C Gallagher
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Minneapolis, MN
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James Leonard Blumberg
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Apple Valley, MN
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Minnesota Legal Resources

Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) - The Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is the leading statewide association exclusively serving the comprehensive needs of the criminal defense bar. Since its creation, the MACDL has continued to promote excellence in the practice of criminal law and protect the rights of the accused. Members including attorneys in the private sector and public defenders. Members represent individuals accused of crimes in both the state and federal courts throughout the state.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Law

Criminal Law Board Certification by the MSBA - The Minnesota State Bar Association offers board certification in the practice of criminal law for lawyers who pass the requirements. Once lawyers are certified, they may advertise themselves as Criminal Law Specialists. To become certified, the lawyer must demonstrate substantial involvement in the practice of criminal law, pass a written examination, have served as principal counsel for the required number of jury trials, and submit references from other lawyers and judges.
Criminal Trial Law Board Certification by the NBTA - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law Board Certification by the NCDD - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Minnesota Government and Court Resources

Minnesota Attorney General's Office

Minnesota Attorney General's Office - The Minnesota Attorney General's Office, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, functions as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is tasked with providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Minnesota in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a critical role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing various legal issues, including consumer protection, civil rights, and environmental concerns.

Minnesota Board of Public Defense

Minnesota Board of Public Defense - The Minnesota Board of Public Defense (MBPD) was established in 1965 to ensure quality legal representation for individuals unable to afford their own attorneys. Its creation addressed the need for equitable access to justice. The duties of MBPD encompass providing legal representation, counsel, and advocacy for indigent individuals facing criminal charges. The board assigns qualified counsel, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures constitutional rights to counsel are upheld.

Minnesota Judicial Branch

Minnesota Judicial Branch - The Minnesota Judicial Branch is responsible for maintaining justice and upholding the law in the state. Its core duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. The Minnesota judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal issues specific to the state, like matters related to its vibrant communities and natural resources.

Minnesota Legislature

Minnesota Legislature - The Minnesota Legislature functions as a bicameral body, consisting of the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Senate has 67 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 134 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is tasked with proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Minnesota Supreme Court

Minnesota Supreme Court - The Minnesota Supreme Court stands as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court's responsibilities encompass hearing a broad spectrum of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Minnesota Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers throughout Minnesota.

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